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Callaway Plant Closes Next Week for Refueling

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FULTON, Mo. (AP) — The Callaway Energy Center nuclear reactor will close next week for normal refueling work that is not related to an accident near the plant that injured four people, company officials said.

Four contract workers were injured in a switchyard about 300 yards from the plant Tuesday during what Ameren Missouri called an “electrical flash.” Ameren had reported three workers were injured but company officials said Thursday a fourth person was hurt while trying to help the other three. The company declined to release information on the workers’ conditions.

The four were contract workers hired by Ameren from Chicago Bridge & Iron, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported.

Ameren Missouri officials said the accident did not affect the nuclear reactor’s operation.

The plant will be closed down next week for refueling and maintenance that is performed every 18 months. The shutdowns generally last several weeks.

The Callaway Energy Center’s nuclear reactor produces about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri’s 1.2 million customers. Ameren’s other plants will supply that electricity while Callaway is closed.

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